Suggested Events for August 3rd-9th, 2013

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

August is filled with agricultural fairs, including the 91st Annual Littleville Fair in Chester, MA happening this weekend!

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BEST BETS

Looking for a Parents’ Night Out? For August we have a 4-pack of lawn tickets to see Dropkick Murphys at Mountain Park in Holyoke on Friday, August 16th! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets! Find out how you can enter for a chance to win an evening away from the kids enjoying live music and friends!

Saturday, August 3rdSunday, August 4thHISTORY: Learn about the Civil War through a reenactment at Look Park. The “Battle at the Pines” features a company drill, artillery demonstrations, a naval landing party, a talk on medicine and surgery during wartime, afternoon tea, train robberies, battles, and more! There will also be an authentic Civil War Ballroom cotillion at 7pm with music and called dancing (>$). The reenactment offers a chance to experience what the Civil War was like. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA.

Saturday, August 3rd & Sunday, August 4th – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 29th Annual Adams Agricultural Fair runs from August 1-August 4 at Bowe Field.  The Fair features an antique tractor pull, animal demonstrations, magic, zumba, birds of prey demonstrations, live music, food, a demolition derby, and many other activities.  The Fair is an exciting way to learn about agriculture and learn about many things going on in and around Adams that you might not know about.  Old Columbia Street.  Adams, MA.

Saturday, August 3rd & Sunday, August 4th – HISTORY: Visit Sturbridge Village for the largest Revolutionary War reenactment in New England!  “Redcoats and Rebels” transforms the Village into a military camp and offers loads of fun activities that help teach about the war.  There will be mock battles, tours of the British and American camps, cannon demonstrations, musket drilling, martial music, 18th-century baseball and dances, a chance to see an American soldier’s daily life, and much more.  There will also be a cannonball barrage at 6pm and a chance to hear the love story of John and Abigail Adams.  The full schedule of events can be found here.  Kids get free admission in August.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  $$

BULLETIN BOARD

Aug 6th

Children’s picture book launch with Western MA author, Aaron Becker at The Odyssey! Discover the magic of local author/illustrator Aaron Becker’s silent world in his debut picture book, Journey at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley on Tuesday, August 6th at 4pm, followed by fun drawing activities for kids with the author himself! Aaron Becker has worked as an artist for such film studios as Lucasfilm, Disney, and Pixar. The Odyssey Bookshop will be hosting Aaron Becker as he discusses the making of Journey, a story of a lonely girl who draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Called ‘a masterpiece’ by the New York Times, Journey will inspire and astound you.

Aug 16th

Northampton & Greenfield Picnics: Join with old friends and new August 16 to celebrate “Shabbat Under the Sky!” Picnic in the park, enjoy music, kid-friendly performances by local performers and a short, guided musical Shabbat service. No Jewish liturgy knowledge required. Runs 5:30-7:30. Bring a potluck dish to share and choose from two locations: Look Park’s Westwood Shelter, Northampton or Green River Recreation Area in Greenfield. Rain or shine, open to the public, free (except Look Park entry fee unless you bike/walk). Gatherings include shofar blowing practice for upcoming Jewish New Year. Bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share. Challah bread, juice, & dessert provided. Information & directions at www.rekindleshabbat.org.

Sep 29th

Cycle towards a hunger-free community this September 29th! Will Bike 4 Food is a fundraiser for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Leaving from The Food Bank in beautiful Hatfield Mass, 10, 25, 50, and 100 mile routes offer varying challenges for kids, beginners, and experts alike. Choose to ride as an individual or form a team (4 or more). Register online by August 29th for the lowest price! Visit www.foodbankwma.org or call 413-247-9738 for more information. Four Routes. One Destination. A Community Without Hunger.

Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington is pleased to announce that it is transitioning to an Expeditionary Learning School in September. This cutting-edge program transforms a traditional classroom environment into a vibrant learning community where students are authentically engaged, energized, focused, challenged, and having fun! The program’s successful, ground-breaking strategies are project based, hands-on, creative and authentic — with proven academic results for students in reading, numeracy, research, writing, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. School choice openings are now available in grades Pre-K through five. For more information, call Berkshire Trail Elementary School at 413-634-5327 or visit online.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
August 3rd-10th, 2013

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns | ♦ On-going Events

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

Hilltown Family Variety Show9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here to choose from 6 years of archived shows.

8am – FAIR: The 91st Annual Littleville Fair continues today! There will be rabbits and poultry, raffles, fair food, crafters, vendors, rides, games, a petting zoo, live music, and more! Throughout the weekend, there will also be horse, oxen, and cattle shows, truck and tractor pulls, clowns, puppets, and loads of other great activities. 15 Kinnebrook Road. Chester, MA. $

9:30am-8pm – HISTORY: Visit Sturbridge Village for the largest Revolutionary War reenactment in New England!  “Redcoats and Rebels” transforms the Village into a military camp and offers loads of fun activities that help teach about the war.  There will be mock battles, tours of the British and American camps, cannon demonstrations, musket drilling, martial music, 18th-century baseball and dances, a chance to see an American soldier’s daily life, and much more.  There will also be a cannonball barrage at 6pm and a chance to hear the love story of John and Abigail Adams.  The full schedule of events can be found here.  Kids get free admission in August.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  $$

9am-10pm – HISTORY: Learn about the Civil War through a reenactment at Look Park. The “Battle at the Pines” features a company drill, artillery demonstrations, a naval landing party, a talk on medicine and surgery during wartime, afternoon tea, train robberies, battles, and more! There will also be an authentic Civil War Ballroom cotillion at 7pm with music and called dancing (>$). The reenactment offers a chance to experience what the Civil War was like. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA.

9am-10pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 29th Annual Adams Agricultural Fair runs from August 1-August 4 at Bowe Field.  The Fair features an antique tractor pull, animal demonstrations, magic, zumba, birds of prey demonstrations, live music, food, a demolition derby, and many other activities.  The Fair is an exciting way to learn about agriculture and learn about many things going on in and around Adams that you might not know about.  Old Columbia Street.  Adams, MA.

10am & 3pm – THEATER: Barrington Stage Company presents a production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. at the Berkshire Museum. The production follows the plot of the classic Disney film and has been adapted for a theatrical performance. For each ticket purchased, you can receive $2 off a ticket to the Berkshire Museum! The performance is for children 5 and up. 413-236-8888. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: The Trustees of Reservations and Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center are teaming up to lead a hike at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. The hike will focus on the Homestead’s many large trees and the history of the land. Learn about the connections between ecology and human history while learning about the natural history of this site. 413-684-0148. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. >$

10am-2pm – ART: Stop by the Clark Art Institute for an all-ages watercolor workshop. Open to people with all skill levels, this workshop helps you learn the art of watercolor painting while translating the natural beauty of the Clark onto paper. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

10am-5pm – BLACKSMITHINGAge of Iron Weekend at Hancock Shaker Village.  Blacksmiths will showcase their art and artisanship with both historical and contemporary demonstrations. Ironwork craftsmanship dating from the 17th to the 21st century, Japanese hardware, tool making, engraving, and Viking and Shaker forging are just a few of the techniques and styles that will be on display. Many exhibitors will be dressed in period costume. Hancock Shaker Village ironwork will be highlighted with a special scavenger hunt for children. 800-817-1137. Village is located at 34 Lebanon Mountain Rd., Hancock, Mass. 01237. Or, enter 1843 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield, Mass. 01201 then proceed 1/2 mile further west on Rt. 20 to the parking lot. Pittsfield, MA ($)

10:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Enjoy an interactive and comedic puppet show with Caravan Puppets at the Village Commons.  The show features original music and a variety of puppetry styles that will entertain audience members of all ages.  413-532-3600.  Route 47 & Route 116.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am – CHILDREN’S THEATER: Paintbox Theatre presents King Kong, Jr., a production of King Kong with a twist for kids! Performance takes place in the Smith College Mendenhall Center, Theatre 14. 413-585-3220. Green Street. Northampton, MA. $

11am – MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Charlemont Reggae Festival is back this year. Reggae, a music genre first developed in Jamaica the late 1960’s, incorporates musical elements from traditional African music, American jazz & blues, calypso and Ska .There will be tons of exciting live music, food vendors, craft vendors, and more at the Festival.  Kids under 12 get in for free.  Festival takes place at Charlemont Fairgrounds.  413-367-9309.  Route 2.  Charlemont, MA.  $$

11am & 1pm – PUPPET SHOW: CactusHead Puppets will perform Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. They will perform adaptations of classic animal stories like How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Rhino Got His Skin, and The Beginning of the Armadillos. Call ahead or stop by the Museum to purchase tickets. 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. >$

11am-12noon – FAMILY CONCERT: Terry A La Berry performs one of his exciting kids concerts at the Spectrum Playhouse! 413-394-5023 x12. 20 Franklin Street. Lee, MA.

11am-12noon – CULINARY ARTS: Kids ages 4 and up can learn how to make their own butter at the Brick House Summer Workshop Series.  Learning about culinary arts and cooking can help kids develop hobbies and interests while learning practical skills.  Please register.  24 3rd Street.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

11am & 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. Kipling’s stories answer questions like, “how did the leopard get its spots?” with witty and whimsical answers sure to entertain audience members of all ages. The show takes place outside on the Neil Ellenoff Stage and runs from July 18 to August 10. See here for the full schedule and list of showtimes. 413-298-5576. 6 East Street. Stockbridge, MA. $$

11:30am – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: Nutshell Playhouse presents a special performance – Nutshellapalooza!  There will be music, puppets, clowns, stories, pirates, and more!  Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy this imaginative show.  Takes place at the Mason Library.  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.

12noon-2pm: ARTS & CRAFTS: Felt Geodes with Darcy Tozier at the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library. Beginning felting will be taught by Darcy Tozier from Hayloft Studio. Learn the basics of wet felting with wool and turn a fluffy pile of sheep’s wool into a colorful wool geode. Your wool ball will be cut open to reveal beautiful colors inside. All ages welcome, adults too! Children under 6 should have an adult to help them. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA (FREE)

1pm-2pm – CULINARY ARTS: Kids ages 2 and up can learn how to make a delicious summer treat at the Brick House Summer Workshop Series – ice cream!  Making ice cream is fun and teaches kids culinary skills.  Please register.  24 3rd Street.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

1pm-2pm – NATURE STUDIES: Join the Great Falls Discovery Center for Bike Path Bingo, a canal-side nature walk for kids!  Kids will learn about the natural world using binoculars, field guides, and a fun game to test their observation skills.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

1pm-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Norman Rockwell Museum is hosting “Sharing Stories: A Special Family Day.” John Porcino, a storyteller and performer, will be walking the grounds as the Museum’s roaming storyteller, ready to tell you a story or do a magic trick at a moment’s notice! Marmalade Productions will present a shadow puppet performance and workshop where you can learn how to create your own shadow puppets. There will also be other activities and the opportunity to make your own folk tale. Free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $$

2pm – FILM: Goro and Hayao Miyazaki’s film From Up on Poppy Hill (rated PG) is screening at Images Cinema.  The film, set in Yokohama in 1963, centers on the budding romance of Umi and Shun, who team up to stop the demolition of their high school’s clubhouse.  The film is hand-drawn and recommended for kids 9 and up.  413-458-5612.  50 Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  $

2pm – STORYTIME: Visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for a special storytime with author/illustrator Lita Judge.  She will share stories about growing up in Alaska and the types of animals she got to interact with, and how these experiences have influenced her writing.  She will also share a sneak peek on her upcoming book Beatrix, which is about her pet parrot.  Free with museum admission.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $

3pm – HISTORY/LITERATURE: The Berkshire Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead presents Dr. Robert K. Wallace, who will give an illustrated talk entitled “Fugitive Justice: Douglass, Melville, and Chief Justice Shaw.”  The presentation traces the connections between Frederick Douglass (a freed slave and abolitionist), Chief Justice Shaw (Melville’s father-in-law, abolitionist, and Chief Justice of Mass. Supreme Court), and Herman Melville.  The talk places emphasis on the “literal, legal, and fictional status of fugitive slaves as embodied by Douglass, interpreted by Shaw, and symbolized by Melville.”  This event is best for adults or older students interested in literature, history, and/or African-American studies.  The lecture could act as a supplement to American history or English curriculum.  413-442-1793.  780 Holmes Road.  Pittsfield, MA.

4pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Learn about the history of Stockbridge on the fourth cemetery tour of the summer! This tour’s theme is, “Changed the World: Buried in Stockbridge.” Discover the lives of Stockbridge residents who made history through inventions, ways of thought, and more. 413-298-5501. Main Street & Church Street. Stockbridge, MA. >$

7pm – MUSICAL: Ja’Duke presents “Shrek the Musical,” based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. 413-863-9901. 110 Industrial Blvd. Turners Falls, MA ($)

DUSK-11pm – ASTRONOMY: Want to learn about astronomy first-hand? Join the Trustees of Reservations and the Arunah Hill Natural Science Center for an evening of stargazing and searching for moons, planets, galaxies, and more at Notchview! Please call to pre-register. 413-532-1631 x10. Route 9. Windsor, MA. (FREE)

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Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime. Click here to see 6 years of archived shows.

8am – FAIR: The 91st Annual Littleville Fair continues today! There will be rabbits and poultry, raffles, fair food, crafters, vendors, rides, games, a petting zoo, live music, and more! Throughout the weekend, there will also be horse, oxen, and cattle shows, truck and tractor pulls, clowns, puppets, and loads of other great activities. 15 Kinnebrook Road. Chester, MA. $

8:30am-9:30am – NATURE STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY: The Great Falls Discovery Center is hosting a canal-side nature walk.  Participants can gain a deeper understanding of local history and ecology by exploring the Turners Falls Canal and learning about plants, animals, and cultural or industrial history.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

9am – HISTORY/LITERATURE: Join the Berkshire Historical Society and the Trustees of Reservations for the Annual Monument Mountain Hike.  The hike recreates one taken by Herman Melville on August 5, 1850, during which he met Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Best for adults or older students interested in literature and/or history.  Meet at Monument Mountain parking lot.  413-442-1793.  Route 7.  Great Barrington, MA.  

9:30am-5pm – HISTORY: Visit Sturbridge Village for the largest Revolutionary War reenactment in New England!  “Redcoats and Rebels” transforms the Village into a military camp and offers loads of fun activities that help teach about the war.  There will be mock battles, tours of the British and American camps, cannon demonstrations, musket drilling, martial music, 18th-century baseball and dances, a chance to see an American soldier’s daily life, and much more.  There will also be a cannonball barrage at 6pm and a chance to hear the love story of John and Abigail Adams.  The full schedule of events can be found here.  Kids get free admission in August.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  $$

10am-4:30pm – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 29th Annual Adams Agricultural Fair runs from August 1-August 4 at Bowe Field.  The Fair features an antique tractor pull, animal demonstrations, magic, zumba, birds of prey demonstrations, live music, food, a demolition derby, and many other activities.  The Fair is an exciting way to learn about agriculture and learn about many things going on in and around Adams that you might not know about.  Old Columbia Street.  Adams, MA.

10am-5pm – BLACKSMITHINGAge of Iron Weekend at Hancock Shaker Village.  Blacksmiths will showcase their art and artisanship with both historical and contemporary demonstrations. Ironwork craftsmanship dating from the 17th to the 21st century, Japanese hardware, tool making, engraving, and Viking and Shaker forging are just a few of the techniques and styles that will be on display. Many exhibitors will be dressed in period costume. Hancock Shaker Village ironwork will be highlighted with a special scavenger hunt for children. 800-817-1137. Village is located at 34 Lebanon Mountain Rd., Hancock, Mass. 01237. Or, enter 1843 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield, Mass. 01201 then proceed 1/2 mile further west on Rt. 20 to the parking lot. Pittsfield, MA ($)

9am-4pm – HISTORY: Learn about the Civil War through a reenactment at Look Park. The “Battle at the Pines” features a company drill, artillery demonstrations, a naval landing party, a talk on medicine and surgery during wartime, afternoon tea, train robberies, battles, and more! The reenactment offers a chance to experience what the Civil War was like. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA.

11am-5pm – ETHNIC FAIR: Enjoy food and entertainment from all over the world at the Pittsfield Ethnic Fair. There will also be a classic car show by the Piston Poppers Car Club, live music, a DJ, crafts, and more. Attendees can learn about the many different cultures that are represented in the Berkshires and what their traditional food and music is like. 413-443-6501. North Street between Park Square and Maplewood Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

1-3pm – NATURE STUDIES/CRAFTS: Magic Wings is an excellent retreat on a rainy day, or the perfect supplement to nature studies involving pollinators & butterflies. Younger kids will enjoy their craft events that happen every Sunday afternoon through the end of August. Pair it with a trip to see the Springfield Museums’ Amazing Butterflies exhibit and a review of our post Monarch Butterflies: The Life & Science for a well-rounded educational experience for all ages. You might even be able to check out a free museum pass to both Magic Wings and the Springfield Museums from one of our local libraries. 413-665-2805. 281 Greenfield Road. South Deerfield, MA ($)

1pm & 3pm – PUPPET SHOW: CactusHead Puppets will perform Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. They will perform adaptations of classic animal stories like How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Rhino Got His Skin, and The Beginning of the Armadillos. Call ahead or stop by the Museum to purchase tickets. 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. >$

1pm-3:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Join the Keep Homestead Museum for a concert on the lawn with Dick Chase and the millboys.  Hear Irish, country, and bluegrass music while enjoying the beautiful historical setting of the Museum.  You are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic lunch.  There will be ice cream sundaes available at no cost.  Visitors are also able to view the belongings of the Keep family as well as the Museum’s large button collection.  413-267-4137.  35 Ely Road.  Monson, MA.  (FREE)

1pm-4pm – LOCAL HISTORY/INDUSTRY: Join the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage for a summer celebration!  There will be several local bands, a blacksmithing demonstration, an opportunity to learn about textile technology, several exhibits on Franklin County’s history, light fare, and more.  Those who come to the celebration will get to hear great live music and learn new things about Franklin County’s rich industrial history.  413-336-8275.  2 Mead Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – HISTORY/LITERATURE: Join the Berkshire Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead for a reading of Frederick Douglass’ speech “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro,” facilitated by Dr. Robert K. Wallace.  The original speech, delivered on July 5, 1852, was meant to draw attention to the inconsistencies between Independence Day celebrations and the fact that slavery still existed.  This event is best for adults or older students interested in literature, history, and/or African-American studies.  The lecture could act as a supplement to American history or English curriculum.  413-442-1793.  780 Holmes Road.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

2pm – STORYTIME: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is hosting Monica Brown for an exciting interactive storytime.  Brown will share from several of her books, including Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match, Waiting for the Biblioburro, and Tito Puente, Mambo King.  Her books celebrate Latino culture and connectedness between all people.  Free with museum admission.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  $

2pm – MUSICAL: Ja’Duke presents “Shrek the Musical,” based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. 413-863-9901. 110 Industrial Blvd. Turners Falls, MA ($)

2pm – CULTURAL & WOMEN’S STUDIES: The Whitney Center for the Arts will host a screening of the documentary, The Other Half of Tomorrow, follow by a talkback with mother-daughter filmmaker duo of Sadia Shepard and Samina Quraeshi. The Other Half of Tomorrow is a portrait of contemporary Pakistani women working to change their country and themselves. Through a series of chapters, the film features the work these women are involved in, like educating and empowering with a women’s rights’ workshop, allowing for expression in an underground dance academy, and improving strength and confidence from playing fields of the Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team. Take your older daughters and screen together. Talk with them about cultural differences and challenges women and girls face all over the world… and how they are overcoming them! 42 Wendell Avenue Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

2pm & 6:30pm- THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Kids will enjoy this classic story and maybe even be inspired to start acting themselves! Registration is recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

4pm – CONCERT: Singer-songwriter Lui Collins will perform folk and bossa nova music at North Hall as part of Huntington’s 2013 Arts Festival.  The North Hall artist gallery will also be open to display “Travel the Watershed,” an exhibit of handcrafted suitcases inspired by the Westfield River.  413-667-5543.  40 Searle Road.  Huntington, MA.  $

6pm – MUSIC/DANCE: “Blues and Tap: A Cultural Intersection” takes place at Bascom Lodge and features blues music and tap dance, performed by Robin O’Herin and Stefanie Weber.  Enjoy the performance while learning about the intersections of these two art forms.  413-743-1591.  30 Rockwell Road.  Lanesborough, MA.  (FREE)

6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. This week’s show features Daniel Hales and the Frost Heaves and Zydeco Connection. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner with family and friends while listening to exciting live music. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

7:30pm – FILM: Goro and Hayao Miyazaki’s film From Up on Poppy Hill (rated PG) is screening at Images Cinema.  The film, set in Yokohama in 1963, centers on the budding romance of Umi and Shun, who team up to stop the demolition of their high school’s clubhouse.  The film is hand-drawn and recommended for kids 9 and up.  413-458-5612.  50 Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  $

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Monday, August 5th, 2013

10am, 1pm, & 6:30pm – THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Kids will enjoy this classic story and maybe even be inspired to start acting themselves! Registration is recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

11am – MAGIC SHOW: The Holyoke Public Library and the Wistariahurst Museum are teaming up to host a Dig Into Reading summer reading magic show with magician Greg McAdams.  Kids of all ages will enjoy McAdams’ exciting show, which takes place at the Museum.  413-322-5660.  238 Cabot Street.  Holyoke, MA.  (FREE)

2pm-5pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Learn how to make paper toys and books at the Mason Library.  Fold and cut paper to create 3D scenery and stories.  Best for ages 12 and up.  Registration is required.  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.

5pm – PUPPET SHOW: Enjoy an interactive puppet show with Rosalita’s Puppets at the Wheeler Library!  The audience can participate by asking and responding to questions, singing, and more.  The show is called “The Sea Story” and is all about pirates.  Registration suggested.  978-544-2495.  49 East Main Street.  Orange, MA.

7pm – LAWN CONCERT: Monday Night Concerts at the Tilton Library are a great chance to have an exciting family dinner – bring chairs, a blanket, pack a picnic, and bring the whole family! This week’s performer is Better By Tuesday. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.

7pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Plainfield Concerts at 7 presents Voyage en France, an evening of music by French composers Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel at the Plainfield Congregational Church.  A variety of instruments will be played, including harp, viola, flute, piano, cello, and voice.  The concert is an excellent way to study the music of French composers and learn about new instruments.  Recommended for adults and older students with an interest in music studies.  413-634-5445.  356 West Main Street.  Plainfield, MA.  (FREE)

7pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Comedian Rita Rudner is performing at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.  Rudner is an award-winning comedian, television personality, screenwriter, and actress.  Buy your tickets in advance and make date night a little more exciting!  413-528-0100.  14 Castle Street.  Great Barrington, MA.  $$$

ONGOING FOR MONDAY (To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am-noon; 1pm-4pm – KIDS ACTIVITIES: The Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Department provides drop-in activities for kids Monday through Friday until August 16. Children can come to Pitt, Clapp, or Deming Parks for supervised sports, games, crafts, and nature activities. Please note that this is not a substitute for camp or childcare. 413-499-9370. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11am – STORYTIME: Storytime at the Greenfield Public Library features read-aloud, sing-along, and play-along fun for families!  Runs every Monday until August 5.  Held in the LeVanway Meeting Room.  413-772-1544 x5.  402 Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.
  • 11am & 2pm – MUSEUM STUDIES: For the months of July and August, older students and adults interested in learning more about the Clark Art Institute are invited to daily Clark Talks. Learn about the permanent collection, special exhibits, the future of the museum, and more. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio! Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio. Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people. Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England. Runs until August 18. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $
  • 1pm-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has extended their hours for the months of July and August to include Mondays from 1pm-5pm! Stop by the museum and learn about historical trolleys, play with trains, examine trolley-related photos and artifacts, and even ride in one of the Museum’s old trains. 413-625-9443. 14 Depot Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. >$
  • 2pm-4pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Join the The Westfield Athenaeum for popcorn and a family movie. Runs through 8/5. 413-562-6158 x5. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 3pm – FILM STUDIES: The Clark Art Institute is holding a film series entitled “Homericana: Films of the Artist’s Times and Places” as part of their Winslow Homer exhibit. Alternating each week, the Clark will screen a film set in Homer’s era or an in-depth documentary on the artist’s life. The screenings run every Monday until August 26. For a full list of the dates and films, please see the museum’s calendar. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – FAMILY TIME: Family night at the Greenfield Public Library runs every Monday until August 5.  Held in the LeVanway Meeting Room.  Call for more information.  413-772-1544 x5.  402 Main Street.  Greenfield, MA.
  • 7pm – KNITTING: The Westhampton Library has an open knitting group every Monday evening. Come and learn to knit or if you already know how, come knit with others! All are welcome. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm – CESAREAN SUPPORT: International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) will provide mother-to-mother support on the fourth Monday of each month at Grow. These support meetings are to support cesarean recovering, offer info on VBAC’s, and refer mother’s to additional support. 413-341-6882. 3rd Floor, Thornes Market. Northampton, MA (FREE)
  • 7:30pm-9pm – LOCAL HISTORY: You may know about Edith Wharton’s home, the Mount, but did you know that it’s considered to be haunted? Come see for yourself on one of the Mount’s ghost tours. The tour will take you through the stables and the main house, where you will learn about and even witness the property’s haunted creaks and footsteps. Please see website for more information and to buy tickets. Runs every Monday until the end of August. Not recommended for children under 12. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $$

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Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

10am & 1pm- THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Kids will enjoy this classic story and maybe even be inspired to start acting themselves! Registration is recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

10:30am-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Children ages 3-6 and their parents are invited to the Great Falls Discovery Center’s Kidleidoscope event!  Kidleidoscope focuses on teaching young children about the natural world using the theme “we share our home.”  Activities include stories, interactive games, and crafts.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  (FREE)

11am – CONCERT: Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion are kicking off the tour for their latest album, “Wassaic Way,” at the Old Creamery Co-op!  This exciting concert is not to be missed!  413-634-5560.  445 Berkshire Trail.  Cummington, MA.

11am – KIDS CONCERT: Dance, laugh, and sing with Terry A La Berry and Friends at the Lenox Library’s Roche Reading Park! The band will play classic kids songs, folk tunes, and Terry’s own original songs. Kids of all ages (and their parents) are welcome to participate in the fun and even request songs! 413-637-0197 x105. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

1pm – HISTORY: Captain Denis Cormier of Hands On History will present an interactive lecture on the Revolutionary War at the Erving Public Library.  He will bring authentic weapons, historical artifacts, uniforms, and clothing and use storytelling to present information.  After the presentation, kids are invited to handle the artifacts and try on the clothing.  This is a fun way to learn about an important piece of US history.  413-423-3348.  17 Moore Street.  Erving, MA.

6:30pm – CONCERT: Musical Moments at Amelia’s Garden, the Amelia Park Ice Arena summer concert series, presents Diversion, who will be playing classic rock tunes. This concert is fun for the whole family – bring lawn chairs, pack a picnic dinner, and enjoy the sunset while listening to great music. 413-568-2503. 21 South Broad Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

6:30pm-8pm – CARNIVAL: Come to West Springfield Middle School for the Town Carnival and Art Show!  Families are invited to play carnival games, win prizes, eat cotton candy and popcorn, and see art created by children in the West Springfield summer Art Enrichment program.  The event is a wrap-up for the Enrichment program and is open to all.  413-495-1891.  31 Middle School Drive.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

ONGOING FOR TUESDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 8:30am-8pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Westfield Athenaeum will have a free arts and crafts table open to children of all ages. A special craft will be available for kids to make at the library or take home to complete. Runs every Tuesday through 8/6. 413-562-6158 x5. 6 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15, the Amherst Family Center has a drop-in play room for kids 5 and younger. There will be activities and snack time for kids, parents, and grandparents. 413-256-1145. 16 Spring Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-11am – SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents of all ages and backgrounds are invited to the Amherst Family Center’s Grandparent Mentor Time. Discuss issues relating to grandparenting and talk with other grandparents. Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15. 413-256-1145. 16 Spring Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-noon; 1pm-4pm – KIDS ACTIVITIES: The Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Department provides drop-in activities for kids Monday through Friday until August 16. Children can come to Pitt, Clapp, or Deming Parks for supervised sports, games, crafts, and nature activities. Please note that this is not a substitute for camp or childcare. 413-499-9370. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Southern Franklin County Playgroup is happening at Sunderland Elementary School.  Stop by playgroup and meet other kids and parents while enjoying time with your child.  Every Tuesday until August 6.  1 Swampfield Drive.  Sunderland, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – ART: Every Tuesday until the end of August, kids ages 7 and up can participate in an on-location drawing and painting class at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Children are encouraged to be creative and experiment with different styles of drawing and painting. Please bring your own sketchbook or drawing pad. Classes take place outdoors. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. >$
  • 10am-2pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Drop by the West Springfield Public Library for “Make-It/Take-It” craft day. Kids can do a fun craft to take home. Runs through the summer as part of the summer reading program. 413-736-4561 x3. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am-11:45am – MUSIC: As part of their Summer Spectacular, the Springfield Museums will have a singing circle for kids 5 and under. Kids can participate in movement and dance, sing new songs, and try out instruments. Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15. See here for the full schedule. Free with museum admission. 413-263-6800 x488. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$
  • 11am & 2pm – MUSEUM STUDIES: For the months of July and August, older students and adults interested in learning more about the Clark Art Institute are invited to daily Clark Talks. Learn about the permanent collection, special exhibits, the future of the museum, and more. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio! Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio. Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people. Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England. Runs until August 18. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $
  • 1pm – ORIGAMI: Learn some new paper folding skills and techniques at the Berkshire Museum! Held in conjunction with the museum’s PaperWorks exhibit, the event will feature new projects each week in July & August. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)
  • 1pm-2pm – STORYTIME: Kids ages 5-10 are invited to the Dalton Free Public Library for a storytime with a discussion and crafts.  The story will be related to summer and will be ongoing, running each Tuesday until August 8.  413-684-6112.  462 Main Street.  Dalton, MA
  • 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy outdoor music and dinner with family and friends at Noel Park behind the Steeplecats field.  North Adams’ Party in the Park features live music and a variety of food vendors, so you can pack your own picnic or get food at the show.  Runs through the end of August.  413-664-6180.  State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium show every Tuesday beginning July 9th until August 13th. You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

10am – READING: The Westfield Athenaeum is hosting a Read to Rover event for kids ages 3-5.  Young readers can practice reading stories aloud to specially-trained dogs, who offer non-judgmental, non-threatening attention.  This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to improve their reading skills and their confidence in reading aloud.  Please register in advance.  413-568-7833.  6 Elm Street.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am-12noon – NATURE STUDIES: Enjoy a slow-paced hike with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council at Basin Pond. The Pond has beautiful views and dam remnants from two historic dams that existed (and ultimately failed) at the property in the 19th and 20th centuries. This hike is a great way to experience a local natural area and learn about some local history in the process. 413-499-0596. Becket Road. Lee, MA.

10am & 1pm- THEATER: The Majestic Children’s Theater is putting on a production of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Kids will enjoy this classic story and maybe even be inspired to start acting themselves! Registration is recommended. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street. West Springfield, MA. $

10am – FAMILY MOVIE: Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse has $1 movies for kids and adults, all rated G or PG. This week’s movie is Chimpanzee. Buy tickets to all ten movies in advance for $5 or spend $1 on each individual movie. 1-800-326-3264. 327 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. >$

2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Barrington Stage Company presents a production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. at the Berkshire Museum. The production follows the plot of the classic Disney film and has been adapted for a theatrical performance. For each ticket purchased, you can receive $2 off a ticket to the Berkshire Museum! The performance is for children 5 and up. 413-236-8888. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

3:30pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: At Storrs Library join wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi for his ever popular presentation on birds of prey. This program is designed for an audience of all ages. Tom will share the natural history of these magnificent birds, demonstrate some of their unique behaviors and will inspire children of all ages to appreciate, respect and conserve these important members of our wild kingdom. Tom Ricardi is a licensed rehabilitator and wildlife biologist and runs Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center. 693 Longmeadow St. Longmeadow, MA (FREE)

4pm-5pm – GEOLOGY: As part of the Dig Into Reading summer reading program, kids ages 9-12 can learn about crystals, rocks, and geodes at the Mason Library.  Kids will even get the chance to make their own rock candy!  Registration is required.  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.

4:45pm – STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER: Kids are invited to drop a stuffed animal friend off at the Westhampton Public Library by 4:45 today for a stuffed animal sleepover.  The animals will stay overnight in the library.  The sleepover encourages children to create stories and engage in free play – when their animals are returned to them, they will surely want to know what they did at their sleepover!  Check the Library’s Facebook page on Thursday August 8 to see what the animals did at their slumber party.  Animals must be picked up Thursday after 2pm.  Please only bring an animal your child can be without for one night.  413-527-5386.  1 North Road.  Westhampton, MA.  (FREE)

6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Bring a blanket and enjoy live music at Burbank Park on the beautiful Onota Lake at Pittsfield’s Live on the Lake concert series. This is a great chance to have fun with the whole family while enjoying a picnic dinner and listening to different types of live music. 413-499-3333. Valentine Road. Pittsfield, MA.

6pm – OUTDOOR FILM: Outdoor film series on the Amherst Town Common. The Muppets will be screened for a relaxing evening on the lawn. BYO dinner and blanket/chairs. Live music at 6pm. Film begins at 8:15pm. Town Common. Amherst, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – CONCERT: Join the Pelham Library as they wrap up summer reading with a performance by local musician Jay Mankita.  The performance is appropriate for all ages and is a great way to celebrate your accomplishments during the Dig Into Reading summer reading program!  413-253-0657.  2 South Valley Road.  Pelham, MA. 

ONGOING FOR WEDNESDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am – HIKING: Mount Greylock State Reservation’s Nice and Easy Hikes are geared toward seniors but are open to all ages. Great opportunity for grandparents to take their grandkids on a morning adventure! Explore the Reservation while learning about things like plants, animals, and natural history. Call for meeting place info. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)
  • 9am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Come to Groff Park for outdoor playtime with your child, sponsored by the Amherst Family Center. There will be toys and snack food for all. Every Wednesday until August 15. 413-256-1145. Mill Lane. Amherst, MA.
  • 9am-11am – ART: MASS MoCA is holding Boredom Buster art classes for kids ages 5-12 in conjunction with Kidspace’s Words and Images project.  Each week will focus on a different word to get kids’ minds off the thought of boredom!  Example words include gooey, magical, windy, and others.  Runs every Wednesday and Friday until August 16.  413-662-2111.  1040 MASS MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  $
  • 9am-noon; 1pm-4pm – KIDS ACTIVITIES: The Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Department provides drop-in activities for kids Monday through Friday until August 16. Children can come to Pitt, Clapp, or Deming Parks for supervised sports, games, crafts, and nature activities. Please note that this is not a substitute for camp or childcare. 413-499-9370. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:30am-11:30am – PLAYGROUP: Cummington Family Center’s weekly playgroup for kids 5 and under at Pettinghill Park. Drop-in for stories, games, songs, and more. Main Street. Cummington, MA.
  • 10am – STORYTIME: The Arms Library is holding a Dig Into Reading storytime for kids, featuring stories, crafts, summer reading logs, and a snack.  Runs every Wednesday until August 14.  413-625-0306.  Main Street & Bridge Street.  Shelburne Falls, MA.
  • 10am – KNITTING: Every Wednesday until the end of the summer, you can stop by Dickinson Memorial Library for an intergenerational knitting and/or other handiwork group. Young knitters can come and learn skills from older knitters and exercise creativity. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
  • 10am-11:30am – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ART: Explore the Norman Rockwell Museum and create art with your child (age 4 and up) at this weekly parent-child program. Wander the galleries, teach your child about art, and then make some of your own by collaborating with your child on an art piece! Runs every week through August 30. 413-298-4100. 9 Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. $
  • 11am – STORYTIME: Preschoolers and their caregivers can come to storytime at the Dickinson Memorial Library every Wednesday for stories, music, movement, and crafts. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA.
  • 11am & 2pm – MUSEUM STUDIES: For the months of July and August, older students and adults interested in learning more about the Clark Art Institute are invited to daily Clark Talks. Learn about the permanent collection, special exhibits, the future of the museum, and more. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio! Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio. Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people. Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England. Runs until August 18. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $
  • 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: As part of their Summer Spectacular, the Springfield Museums will have a children’s performance every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until August 16. Performances include puppets, marionettes, juggling, magic, stories, music, animal shows, and more! See here for the full schedule. Free with museum admission. 413-263-6800 x488. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$
  • 4-6PM – ENTREPRENEUR: Do your kids like to create jewelry, are they growing their own gardens, do they like to bake or preserve the summer harvest? The Kids’ Market is a venue for kids sell their creations or to provide a service (face-painting, fortune telling, etc.). Held in the parking lot in front of the Ashfield Hardware Store under tents, kids can bring their own tables, set up, and sell/barter with one another and visitors to the market. Happens every Wednesday through the end of August. 413-628-3299. 343 Main Street. Ashfield, MA (FREE)
  • 6:15pm – DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES: Experience many unique styles of dance and learn about different cultures at the Inside/Out performances at Jacob’s Pillow. Inside/Out features different dancers and performance artists from throughout the world, all of whom will engage the audience in exciting choreography, music, and cultural experiences. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy live music and time with family and friends at the beautiful Windsor Lake for their summer concert series. Food will be available for purchase, but you are also welcome to pack a picnic. Swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are allowed during the concert, so go for a dip or catch some fish while enjoying live music! 413-664-6180. Bradley Street & Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE: Beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra! This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment. Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session. Best for older students and adults. Every Wednesday except the second Wednesday of each month. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013

10:30am-12noon – ARTS & CRAFTS: Are you interested in learning more about clay and pottery?  The Worthington Library is holding a Dig Into Reading event with Pied Potter Hamelin.  Participants will have the opportunity to “dig into” clay and learn all about different types of pottery.  413-238-5565.  1 Huntington Road.  Worthington, MA.

11am – MUSIC: Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell will perform “Earth Rhythms: Stories and Songs for the Whole Earth” at the Lenox Library. “Earthy Rhythms” is an interactive music program that celebrates the natural world and teaches environmental awareness and stewardship. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA.

11am & 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. Kipling’s stories answer questions like, “how did the leopard get its spots?” with witty and whimsical answers sure to entertain audience members of all ages. The show takes place outside on the Neil Ellenoff Stage and runs from July 18 to August 10. See here for the full schedule and list of showtimes. 413-298-5576. 6 East Street. Stockbridge, MA. $$

2pm – THEATER: Barrington Stage Company presents a production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. at the Berkshire Museum. The production follows the plot of the classic Disney film and has been adapted for a theatrical performance. For each ticket purchased, you can receive $2 off a ticket to the Berkshire Museum! The performance is for children 5 and up. 413-236-8888. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

3:30pm-5:30pm – PARENT WORKSHOP: Local mother and nutrition blogger Amanda Goldfarb is offering a workshop at Cooley Dickinson Center for Midwifery titled “Did this Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat?  How to Embrace Your Post-Baby Body… and Feel Fabulous.”  The workshop will cover postpartum nutrition and exercise to help you be happy and healthy.  413-582-2000.  10 Denniston Place.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)

3pm-4:30pm – SUMMER READING: Celebrate the Dig Into Reading summer reading program at the Bushnell-Sage Library’s summer reading pizza party! Celebrate your summer reading accomplishments with friends, pizza, and prizes. 413-229-7004. 48 Main Street. Sheffield, MA.

3pm-4:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Stop by the Jones Library and continue to “Dig Into Reading” by seeing a special screening of Journey to the Center of the Earth (Rated PG)! The movie is an adaptation of the classic science fiction novel by Jules Verne. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

6pm – ARCHAEOLOGY/PALEONTOLOGY: Learn about fossils and dinosaurs with Paulette Morin at the Wheeler Memorial Library!  Examine fossils, discover how dinosaurs lived, and learn how to find fossils of your own.  978-544-2495.  49 East Main Street.  Orange, MA.

6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Coop Concerts Summer Concert Series takes place weekly at Greenfield Energy Park. This week’s show features Austin & Elliott and the Falltown String Band. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner with family and friends while listening to exciting live music. 50 Miles Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

6:30pm-8:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Join the Sunderland Public Library for a concert with local musicians, the Art Steele Blues Band.  Bring a blanket and chairs and enjoy the show!  413-665-2642.  20 School Street.  Sunderland, MA.  (FREE)

6:30pm-8:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Wilbraham Nature and Cultural Center’s summer concert series at Fountain Park presents Trailer Trash. Bring the whole family and sit on the lawn while enjoying entertaining live music. 413-596-2712. 883 Tinkham Road. Wilbraham, MA.

7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Peter Pan at the Colonial Theatre.  The classic musical about pirates, fairies, and lost boys stars children and adults from the local community.  Peter Pan is the Berkshire Theatre Group’s 8th annual Children’s Production and is sure to be popular, so it is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.  More information, tickets, and showtimes can be found here.  413-997-4444.  111 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

ONGOING FOR THURSDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am-11am – PLAYGROUP: Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15, the Amherst Family Center has a drop-in play room for kids 5 and younger. There will be activities and snack time for kids, parents, and grandparents. 413-256-1145. 16 Spring Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 9am-11am – SUPPORT GROUP: Grandparents of all ages and backgrounds are invited to the Amherst Family Center’s Grandparent Mentor Time. Discuss issues relating to grandparenting and talk with other grandparents. Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15. 413-256-1145. 16 Spring Street. Amherst, MA.
  • 9am-noon; 1pm-4pm – KIDS ACTIVITIES: The Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Department provides drop-in activities for kids Monday through Friday until August 16. Children can come to Pitt, Clapp, or Deming Parks for supervised sports, games, crafts, and nature activities. Please note that this is not a substitute for camp or childcare. 413-499-9370. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 9:45am-10:45am – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Amelia Park Children’s Museum offers weekly arts and crafts activities for kids. The theme changes each week, but the activity is always fun, educational, and often connected to other things at the museum. 413-572-4014. 29 South Broad Street. Westfield, MA.
  • 10am – MUSIC & MOVEMENT: The Carnegie Library hosts a weekly music and movement series with Tom Carroll & Laurie Davidson for young children of all ages & their caregivers every Thursday through August 29. 413-863-3214. 201 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
  • 10am-7:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the Springfield Science Museum have extended their Thursday hours until 7:30pm for the summer! The Blake House Cafe will also be open late. Discounted admission after 5pm. 1-800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$
  • 10:30am – STORYTIME: Preschool story hour at the Hatfield Public Library includes stories, finger plays, games, music, and arts and crafts. Best for kids between ages 3 and 5, but siblings are welcome. This story hour runs through the summer. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA.
  • 11am-11:45am – MUSIC: As part of their Summer Spectacular, the Springfield Museums will have a singing circle for kids 5 and under. Kids can participate in movement and dance, sing new songs, and try out instruments. Every Tuesday and Thursday until August 15. See here for the full schedule. Free with museum admission. 413-263-6800 x488. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$
  • 11am & 2pm – MUSEUM STUDIES: For the months of July and August, older students and adults interested in learning more about the Clark Art Institute are invited to daily Clark Talks. Learn about the permanent collection, special exhibits, the future of the museum, and more. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio! Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio. Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people. Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England. Runs until August 18. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $
  • 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: As part of their Summer Spectacular, the Springfield Museums will have a children’s performance every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until August 16. Performances include puppets, marionettes, juggling, magic, stories, music, animal shows, and more! See here for the full schedule. Free with museum admission. 413-263-6800 x488. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$
  • 1pm – PHYSICS: Experiment with paper airplanes and learn about basic principles of physics at the Berkshire Museum as part of their PaperWorks exhibit! Each week in July & August, a new plane design will be featured – instructions and materials are provided for families to come and build their own. Test the design to learn what factors affect the plane’s ability to fly. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)
  • 2pm – HISTORY/GARDENING: Enjoy a tour of the Mission House’s Fletcher Steele-designed gardens and learn about their historical significance.  The tour is followed by croquet on Oak Lawn at 3pm.  Every Thursday until September 26.  413-298-3239 x3013.  19 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  >$
  • 2pm-2:45pm – HISTORY: Kids and their families are invited to tour Naumkeag and explore the Gilded Age Mansion’s many rooms through the eyes of those who lived there.  This is a fun way for kids to learn about this historical site!  Runs every Thursday until October 10.  413-298-3239 x3013.  5 Prospect Hill Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)
  • 3pm-7pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: The West Stockbridge Farmers’ Market has everything from local food to petting zoos, live music, and games for kids. 413-232-4600. Harris Street. West Stockbridge, MA. MARKET/SALE
  • 5pm-8pm – MUSEUMS: The Mount has extended their Thursday hours until 8pm for the months of July, August, and September. Explore the house and gardens and enjoy food from the Terrace Cafe. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. $
  • 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy outdoor music and dinner with family and friends at Noel Park behind the Steeplecats field. North Adams’ Party in the Park features live music and a variety of food vendors, so you can pack your own picnic or get food at the show. Runs through the end of August. 413-664-6180. State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm – LAWN CONCERT: Every Thursday until the end of August, there will be free concerts in Williamsburg’s Angel Park. There will be many different musicians and the schedule can be found here. 413-575-9707. Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:15pm – DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES: Experience many unique styles of dance and learn about different cultures at the Inside/Out performances at Jacob’s Pillow. Inside/Out features different dancers and performance artists from throughout the world, all of whom will engage the audience in exciting choreography, music, and cultural experiences. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)
  • 6:30pm – LAWN CONCERT: Enjoy an outdoor concert for the whole family at the Florence Civic Center’s Music on the Porch event.  Bring a picnic, blankets, and chairs and enjoy live music with family and friends.  Every Thursday until August 29.  90 Park Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)
  • 6:30pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Huntington’s summer concert series runs throughout the months of July and August. Musical styles include rock, pop, blues, country, jazz, and more! Baked goods will be available for purchase. Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy live music and quality time with family. Route 20 & Route 112. Huntington, MA. (FREE)
  • 8pm – ASTRONOMY: The Milham Planetarium at Williams College will be open to the public for a planetarium show every Tuesday & Thursday until August 13th. You can learn about the motions of the planets, the phases of the moon, comets, and much more! Reservations recommended. 413-597-2188. 829 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, August 9th, 2013

10am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Free Fun Friday at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art offers visitors the chance to explore the museum’s exhibits, see Mo Willems and Eric Carle films, participate in scavenger hunts, do art activities, hear a special storytime, and even meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar! This is a great opportunity to explore an exciting local museum and all it has to offer. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

10:30am – STORYTIME: Illustrator Kathryn Brown will be at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to share her latest book Nora’s Chicks, written by Patricia MacLachlan.  Signing to follow.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

10:30am – BIRDS OF PREY: Learn about the exciting world of birds of prey with wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. The program will teach you about the history, life cycles, habitats, and behaviors of these birds in order to encourage conservation and respect for the natural world. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA.

11am & 2pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. Kipling’s stories answer questions like, “how did the leopard get its spots?” with witty and whimsical answers sure to entertain audience members of all ages. The show takes place outside on the Neil Ellenoff Stage and runs from July 18 to August 10. See here for the full schedule and list of showtimes. 413-298-5576. 6 East Street. Stockbridge, MA. $$

2pm – STORYTIME: Local author and illustrator Astrid Sheckels will share her new book Nic and Nellie at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  The story is about a young girl’s summer island adventures and features Sheckels’ watercolor art.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road.  Amherst, MA.  (FREE)

2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Barrington Stage Company presents a production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. at the Berkshire Museum. The production follows the plot of the classic Disney film and has been adapted for a theatrical performance. For each ticket purchased, you can receive $2 off a ticket to the Berkshire Museum! The performance is for children 5 and up. 413-236-8888. 39 South Street. Pittsfield, MA. $$

6:15pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Come watch Finding Nemo (rated G) at the Mason Library and enjoy popcorn and drinks.  Kids can wear pajamas and bring pillows and blankets.  413-528-2403.  231 Main Street.  Great Barrington, MA.

6:30-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: Arts in the Park Summer Concert Series happens at Millside Park. Pack a picnic dinner, bring the family, and enjoy an evening of live music outdoors on a Friday evening! 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

7pm – THEATER: The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Peter Pan at the Colonial Theatre.  The classic musical about pirates, fairies, and lost boys stars children and adults from the local community.  Peter Pan is the Berkshire Theatre Group’s 8th annual Children’s Production and is sure to be popular, so it is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.  More information, tickets, and showtimes can be found here.  413-997-4444.  111 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  $$

7pm-9pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Parents and older students interested in music studies will enjoy seeing a performance by Banish Misfortune at the Great Falls Discovery Center.  Banish Misfortune is a six-piece group of musicians who play traditional Irish music.  They play a variety of instruments, including fiddle, concertina, flute, mandolin, accordion, and guitar.  This concert is a great opportunity for those interested in music studies to experience traditional Celtic music and many interesting instruments.  413-863-3221.  2 Avenue A.  Turners Falls, MA.  SUGGESTED DONATION >$

7pm-8:30pm – DRUMMING: The Longmeadow Parks and Recreation Department is hosting Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots World Music at Greenwood Center. Gelinas will facilitate an intergenerational drum and song jam featuring music from Africa, the Caribbean, and other parts of the world. This is an exciting way to learn about musical styles from around the world. Open to all ages. Pre-registration is required. 413-565-4160. 231 Maple Road. Longmeadow, MA. $

8pm – PUPPET THEATER: The Mettawee Theatre Company will perform Taliesin, based on a medieval Welsh tale.  The play features giant figures, masks, and puppets.  Bring the whole family and enjoy this imaginative and exciting performance. Takes place outdoors at Springside Park. BYO family, chairs & blankets. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

8:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: The City of Pittsfield is screening The Goonies at Clapp Park as part of their family-friendly Friday night summer movie series. Bring blankets and snacks and enjoy the show! 413-499-9370. West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

ONGOING FOR FRIDAYS (The season is changing and we are updating our list with ongoing summer activities! To add your ongoing event/activity here, email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com)

  • 9am-11am – ART: MASS MoCA is holding Boredom Buster art classes for kids ages 5-12 in conjunction with Kidspace’s Words and Images project.  Each week will focus on a different word to get kids’ minds off the thought of boredom!  Example words include gooey, magical, windy, and others.  Runs every Wednesday and Friday until August 16.  413-662-2111.  1040 MASS MoCA Way.  North Adams, MA.  $
  • 9am-noon; 1pm-4pm – KIDS ACTIVITIES: The Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Department provides drop-in activities for kids Monday through Friday until August 16. Children can come to Pitt, Clapp, or Deming Parks for supervised sports, games, crafts, and nature activities. Please note that this is not a substitute for camp or childcare. 413-499-9370. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-12noon – PLAYGROUP: Kids up to age 8 can come to Northfield Mountain for a weekly playgroup with a nature theme.  There will be stories, activities, and more.  Runs until August 23.  978-544-5157.  99 Millers Falls Road.  Northfield, MA.  (FREE)
  • 10am – STORYTIME: Preschool-aged children can come to the Stockbridge Library for their weekly outdoor storytime featuring songs, stories, and summer activities. Storytime runs through August. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)
  • 10am-8pm – NATURE STUDIES: The Great Falls Discovery Center has extended their summer hours until 8pm. The Center is a great place to learn about the history and ecology of the Connecticut River watershed. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
  • 11am & 2pm – MUSEUM STUDIES: For the months of July and August, older students and adults interested in learning more about the Clark Art Institute are invited to daily Clark Talks. Learn about the permanent collection, special exhibits, the future of the museum, and more. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)
  • 12noon-4:30pm – ART: Visit Historic Deerfield and stop by their daily folk art studio! Explore folk art throughout the village and then make your own art in the studio. Folk art is interesting because it is created by incredibly creative and imaginative, yet untrained, people. Because it is made by ordinary people, it is an excellent way to look into the past and gain a deeper understanding of everyday activities in historic New England. Runs until August 18. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. $
  • 1pm – CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE: As part of their Summer Spectacular, the Springfield Museums will have a children’s performance every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until August 16. Performances include puppets, marionettes, juggling, magic, stories, music, animal shows, and more! See here for the full schedule. Free with museum admission. 413-263-6800 x488. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. $$
  • 5pm-7pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Chesterfest Americana Music Series runs every Friday until August 30.  Bring lawn chairs and a blanket and enjoy live bluegrass, folk, and country music on the West Porch of Chesterwood.  Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.  413-298-3579 x25210.  4 Williamsville Road.  Stockbridge, MA.  $
  • 5pm-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Enjoy exciting live music, wine, and light fare while spending date night at The Mount’s “Music After Hours” free weekly concerts. Runs every Friday until the end of August. Please see website for more information, including each week’s musical act. 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)
  • 6pm-8pm – LAWN CONCERT: The Northampton Summer Concert Series runs every Friday until August 30 in Pulaski Park.  Enjoy outdoor music and time with family while experiencing downtown Northampton.  See website for lineup and more information.  274 Main Street.  Northampton, MA.  (FREE)
  • 6:15pm – DANCE/CULTURAL STUDIES: Experience many unique styles of dance and learn about different cultures at the Inside/Out performances at Jacob’s Pillow. Inside/Out features different dancers and performance artists from throughout the world, all of whom will engage the audience in exciting choreography, music, and cultural experiences. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA. (FREE)

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